Romantic mysteries are a hybrid of the romance genre and other types of mystery subgenres. These stories often have long arcs in which the protagonist falls in love with a character that reappears throughout a series.
Why they go together:
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Where to start:
Once the town troublemaker, Sheriff Hayden Black became the teen hero who saved young Jillian West from a savage kidnapper. He never got over their brief affair. Now the ex-SEAL and the burned-out FBI agent have reunited in their Florida hometown and rediscovered their powerful attraction. But as they hunt down a long-forgotten killer, will they get a second chance at happiness? When a series of accidents begins to plague Jill, Hayden won't let her fall victim again. There's too much history between them… and too much desire.
When a bomb threat lures ATF agent Darcy Eccles to Wyoming, she isn't expecting to stumble across an antigovernment plot—or for handsome teacher Alex Jansen to be the key to stopping a madman. Enigmatic Alex's past is better left forgotten, but every tick of the clock will bring both of them closer to their nightmares, and to losing one another.
Dylan Tehauno is a hotshot, an expert in preventing and fighting forest fires. He knows that the inferno that killed a tech billionaire was no accident—and he suspects that he and filmmaker Meadow Wrangler were supposed to die, too. When lawmakers identify Dylan as a prime suspect, he and Meadow decide to find the real arsonist themselves.
On loan for a local assignment, Max "Caveman" Decker already feels at home in the backcountry of Wyoming. Protecting one woman—even petite spitfire Grace Saunders—is a vacation to the Delta Force warrior. But Grace thinks something darker is at work than the murder she witnessed. It wasn't a case of the wrong place at the wrong time—it was her "curse." Every man she gets close to dies. Now she's saddled with Decker, her sworn protector, who won't leave her side. Any hope for a simple assignment will change once they're living under the same roof, where Grace's curse will be just as inescapable as the crosshairs of a killer.
A shoot-out on the banks of Appaloosa Creek is the last place Marshal Chase Crockett expects to find his ex-lover. Former criminal informant April Landis is supposed to be in WITSEC awaiting the birth of their child. But the desperate woman caught in the crossfire isn't pregnant. Telling Chase he was a father—two months early—wasn't an option with murderous thugs targeting April and their infant daughter. Despite the violence that divides them, her only prayer is to trust the Texas lawman sworn to protect his family. Until desire ambushes them again, leaving April and Chase at the mercy of a past with no promise of a future.